Final Evaluation: Chase Gianacakos

Just days away from National Signing Day, Spartan Digest gives our final evaluations on the members of the 2014 Michigan State recruiting class. This is not a star ranking, but a look at a prospects overall physical ability and on field ability. We continue with offensive lineman Chase Gianacakos.

The secret to the success Michigan State has enjoyed since Mark Dantonio took over the Spartans football programs has been finding athletes who fit their style of play and by developing players who have yet to reach their full potential.

In our final evaluation series, we look at more than just highlight film as we evaluate athletic ability and future potential.

We work on a 1-to-5 scale in each area with five being the highest grade a prospect can receive.


Prospect needs major work in area: = 1
Prospect rough on the edges in area: = 2
Prospect is where he should be in area: = 3
Prospect shows major promise in area: = 4
Prospect is above average in area: = 5


Chase Gianacakos has the height needed to play offensive tackle at the college level at 6-foot-6. His listed weight is in the 280-pound range meaning he's not far from the weight he'll be carrying once he enters the Spartans strength program and is a regular visitor at the Spartans training table. While we don't look at 40 speeds for offensive linemen, we do look at players within a five yard radius and at this time there are no concerns in this area. Grade: 3


With solid feet, Gianacakos does a good job of keeping his balance when engaged against a defensive lineman. With the ability to reach second level defenders he also shows solid agility. Quickness will improve as he grows once on campus and better understands technique. Grade: 3


As a naturally big person, Gianacakos has been able to use his size to win battles at the high school level. However, this is where he'll need to show his most improvement as he learns technique to get more power from his hips to explode into defenders and not rest on using only brute strength. Grade: 2


You only expect a select few offensive linemen to enter college ready to play. On field production was solid in high school, but work will be needed in several areas for Gianacakos to compete at the college level. While run blocking will not be an issue, pass pro will be where the greatest gains will need to be made if he expects to become a contributor for MSU in the future. Look for a redshirt year that should give time to work on the areas that need work followed by another year of putting his work together on the field to be ready to compete for playing time. The tools are there now it is just a matter of him putting everything together. Grade: 3

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